Trafford MV opened the 21/22 season in the ADM Lancashire Championship with an entertaining and encouraging away win at New Brighton on the Wirrall.
The clubs had never met before in League or Cup Rugby before at 1st XV level and both clubs were excited at having live League Rugby back on their agenda.
MV fielded a squad with several changes to their pre Covid teamsheets and 5 players were making their 1st XV debuts. Conditions were glorious with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze, the pitch was firm providing the perfect platform for running rugby.
The game kicked off with early pressure coming from MV with good scrums and forward play setting a platform to play off.
New Bright launched an attack from their own half but quickly came unstuck when MV’s outside centre Zak Day latched onto a loose pass just outside his own ’22 line to race the length of the field touching down under the posts.
MV stand off Pat Eccles duly converted on 8 mins for a 0-7 lead. MV winger Jon Lord was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on. MV suffered further disruption as scrum half pulled his hamstring,
Pat Eccles moved to scrum half and Greg Warren came on from the bench at number 10. The rustiness in players was evident as MV got on the wrong side of the referee and an ensuing penalty kick saw the home side reduce the balance to 3-7. Around the half hour mark
MV were in good attacking form and it was Zak Day that against split the home defence with a good striding run bursting the tackle exposing on open field in front of the full back who Day rounded easily to again score by the posts.
Eccles converted once again to take MV 3-14 ahead. New Brighton were being pushed hard to stay in the game and shortly before the break they managed to score wide on MV’s left after some good forward driving play to narrow the differential at 8-14 with the conversion being missed.
The 2nd half swung more in MV’s favour as fitness and MV’s pace in attack began to take it’s toll on the home side.
MV’s power and pace in the centre broke the home defence twice in quick succession as first Jamie Kingdon and the Zak Day scored once again, sealing his hat trick in his 1st XV debut stretching MV’s lead to 8-28.
Young Greg Warren was proving influential at stand off with good passing and probing kicks creating opportunities across the park for MV. He followed his own chip and chase to collect a perfect bounce to stroll in 8-33. New Brighton did well to claw one back and convert yo 15-33.
Trafford MV kept their momentum and number 8 Paul Davenport burst through the home defence from close range to cross the line 15-38 and then second row Andrew Clegg broke a tackle wide on the right to amble down the touchline scoring in the corner 15-43. MV relaxed in the dying minutes and New Brighton took the opportunity to finish on a high note closing the scoring at 20-43.
This win puts MV in 3rd position in the championship behind Hoylake and Tyldesley after the opening weekends games. They now look forward to the first home game of the season against Tyldesley at MacPherson Park (M33 6LR) kick off 2.15 pm Sat Sept 11th
Trafford MV are keen to welcome new players to add to their 3 senior men’s playing squads, the Senior Women’s squad and the mini/junior squads at all ages.